How to: Upgrade a BIG-IP Next HA instance on VE from BIG-IP Next Central Manager with manual failover


  • Upgrade the BIG-IP Next instances to the latest version before upgrading BIG-IP Next Central Manager.

    For example, if your BIG-IP Next Central Manager is version 20.0.2 and BIG-IP Next instance is version 20.0.2, first upgrade the BIG-IP Next instances from 20.0.2 to version 20.1.0 using the 20.0.2 BIG-IP Next Central Manager, and then upgrade the BIG-IP Next Central Manager from 20.0.2 to 20.1.0. version.


Use this procedure to upgrade the software for a BIG-IP Next HA instance on VE from BIG-IP Next Central Manager using the manual failover method. For this procedure, you upgrade the standby node first, and then the active node.

Note: For information about upgrading a BIG-IP Next HA instance on VE using the auto-failover procedure see Upgrade a BIG-IP Next HA instance on VE from BIG-IP Next Central Manager using the automatic failover method.

  1. Log in to MyF5 Downloads.

  2. Accept the EULA and click Next.

  3. Under Group, select BIG-IP_Next.

  4. Under Product Line, select Virtual Edition.

  5. Under Select a product container, choose the appropriate version.

  6. Under Select a download file select the appropriate tgz file and the (if required) sig file(s).

  7. Under Download locations, select the appropriate location.

  8. Click Download. The file is downloaded to your local system and can take up to an hour because of the size of these files.

  9. Log in to BIG-IP Next Central Manager as admin, click the Workspace icon next to the F5 logo, and click Infrastructure.

  10. Select the checkbox next to the BIG-IP Next HA instance you want to upgrade.

  11. At the top right of the screen, click Actions and select Upgrade.

  12. For the Standby Node, click the Upgrade button next to the software version.
    Important: You must upgrade the standby node before upgrading the active node.

  13. Click Upload file and the Browse link to navigate to the location you downloaded the image tgz and sig (if required) file(s).

  14. Click the Open button. These files are large, so upload can take some time.

  15. After the file(s) upload, click the Upgrade button and confirm the upgrade by clicking the Upgrade button on the confirmation message.


After the upgrade process, the BIG-IP Next instance displays with the new version on the My Instances page.

If you plan to backup your instance files, you need to delete the large image files on the BIG-IP Next instance. See How to: Back up managed BIG-IP Next instances to BIG-IP Next Central Manager’s local drive instantly or on a schedule for more information.